Hydro Systems Evaluation on Personal Computers

by Lawrence J. Degan, GE, Schenectady, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


The programs for selecting the equipment and determining the average annual energy have been separated from the detailed financial analysis. The BASIC language was selected for the first type of calculations and logic, while LOTUS was more readily applied to the finances. However, the outputs of the BASIC programs were designed to easily input into the LOTUS programs. This paper concentrates more on the technical programs. The major features of the BASIC programs are described, including the variations for impulse, Francis and axial-flow turbines. An example of penstock sizing is given. The importance of financial rates on equipment sizing is also illustrated.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Computer analysis | Computer software | Hydro power | Turbines | Power plants | Economic factors | Financial management

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